Suggested Hymns and Music

Hymns/Songs

“Spirit of Gentleness,” NCH #286
“Now Thank We Our God,” NCH #419, v. 1&2
“This Little Light of Mine,” NCH #525

“Just as Long As I have Breath,” SLT #6
“Though I May Speak With Bravest Fire,” SLT #34
“Spirit of Love,” SLT #123

NCH: The New Century Hymnal. The United Church of Christ Hymnal, c. 1995.
SLT: Singing in the Living Tradition. The Unitarian Unversalist Association, c. 1993.

Other Songs

On Children 
(available here)
by Ysaye Barnwell

Healthy, Holy, Sexuality
(sung to the tune of Mama’s Little Baby Loves Shortnin’ Bread)
words by Lizann Bassham

Physical, Spiritual, Sexual Bodies
Physical, Spiritual, Sexual Me
Physical, Spiritual, Sexual Bodies
Physical, Spiritual, Sexual Me

God gave me, Sexuality
Healthy, Holy, Sexuality
God gave me, Sexuality
Healthy, Holy, Sexuality

‘Tis a Gift To Be Loving
(sung to the Shaker melody ’Tis a Gift To Be Simple)
words by Joan and Leo Collins

‘Tis a gift to be loving, ‘tis a gift makes you true,
‘Tis a gift to care in all you have to do,
For when we find ourselves with a peace so right
As lives in the valley of love and delight.
When simple charity is gained,
To speak and to act we shan’t be ashamed,
For love, love will be our delight
Till by truly loving we come round right.

‘Tis a gift to be honest, ‘tis a gift makes you free,
‘Tis a gift that takes you where you want to be,
For when we find ourselves with a truth so right
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When simple honesty is gained,
To do and to be we shan’t be ashamed,
For truth, truth will be our delight
Till by truthful doing we come round right.

‘Tis a gift to be joyful, ‘tis a gift makes us sing,
‘Tis a gift the spirit brightens everything;
It opens up the heart in a way just right
To live in the valley of love and delight.
When simple joyfulness is gained,
To sing and to dance we shan’t be ashamed,
For joy, joy will be our delight
Till be joyful singing we come round right.

How Could Anyone
by Libby Roderick
Available at www.libbyroderick.com

How could anyone ever tell you
You were anything less than beautiful?
How could anyone ever tell you
You were less than whole?
How could anyone fail to notice
That your loving is a miracle?
How deeply you’re connected to my soul.

Merger
words by Judy Chicago
set to music byRabbi Margot Stein

And then, and then both men and women will be gentle
And then, and then both women and men will be strong
And then all will be so varied, rich and free
Then everywhere will be called Eden once again.

 

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